UPDATE: Shakespeare and the Queen's Men (2/15/06; 10/27/06-10/29/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Holger Schott Syme
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Keynote speakers announced:

Toronto, 27-29 Oct 2006 -- Abstracts deadline: February 15, 2006

This major international conference at the University of Toronto is being
organized by the SSHRC-funded "Shakespeare and the Queen's Men" project in
association with Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS). The project, a joint venture
led by Alexandra Johnston (REED, University of Toronto) and Helen Ostovich
(McMaster University), aims to recreate the staging conditions of a
sixteenth-century touring company in order to study and test scholarly
theories about acting styles and repertory through performance practice.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by Roslyn Knutson, Tiffany
Stern, and Martin White; these will be followed by thematically organized
seminars on the Queen's Men and their theatrical contemporaries, including
questions of repertory, acting styles, and touring, as well as ensemble and
casting issues. Participants will have a rare opportunity to see three
Queen's Men plays (King Leir, Three Ladies of London, and The Famous
Victories of Henry the Fifth) in different venues in Toronto and Hamilton
reflecting the range of playing spaces available to touring companies. We
invite papers dealing with theatrical practice in the plays of the Queen's
Men and other companies of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries or
addressing theatre-historical questions pertaining to the works of
Shakespeare, his contemporaries and collaborators, and their borrowings from
or transformations of theatrical material of the 1580s and 90s. Related
concerns might include the social history of playing, the history of
censorship, provincial and metropolitan conditions of performance, or early
dramaturgy, including but not limited to questions of staging, clowning,
extemporization, jigs, etc. Submissions from graduate students and theatre
practitioners doing work in these fields would be particularly welcome.
Proposals of 250 words for papers (maximum length 3000 words) should be
submitted by February 15, 2006 to reed_at_chass.utoronto.ca (no attachments
please). For more information on the "Shakespeare and the Queen's Men"
project, consult

Chris Hicklin, Jeremy Lopez, Helen Ostovich, and Holger Syme Program


Dr Holger Schott Syme
Assistant Professor
Department of English, University of Toronto
tel: (905) 828-3769 (wk) fax: (905) 828-5202
mail: Univ. of Toronto at Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6, Canada

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